We maintain the best listing we can of natural history-related events on Martha’s Vineyard. While we periodically check organizational websites and newspaper calendar sections for events to include here, we’d welcome your help making this part of our website as complete and helpful as possible. Are you or your organization involved in an event that might be of interest to friends of the Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life? Please email MVAL program director Matt Pelikan at with details or a web link.

Thanks for your help!

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, September 12th, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Manuel F. Correllus State Forest Headquarters, off Barnes Road, Edgartown

Build your insect, bird, and plant identification skills and help others learn. Meet other local naturalists. Improve your familiarity with nature photography and the use of iNaturalist. Help document the diversity of this premiere Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation property. Dress for the field; bring your camera or smartphone. Email MVAL director Matt Pelikan with questions at


Note Date Change Due to Weather!

Thursday, September 14, 2023, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: 18 Helen Avenue, Vineyard Haven

Join our staff for an evening of nocturnal natural history. Learn to identify moths and other insects at a light trap. See how we identify bats by their calls using a bat detector. Check out our bat hibernaculum and check mist nets with us in the woods nearby. Please register by emailing